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2011 XXL Freshmen 10

– Revisiting The 2011 XXL Freshmen –
Their Success & Where Are They Now?

The year 2011 XXL Freshmen featured  one of the most star-studded classes in recent memory.  With Compton’s golden child, Bompton’s golden child, Easy Mac with the Cheesy Raps, and of course, Philly’s Dream Chaser.  This is arguably the best overall Freshmen class EVER!

As we’ve done three times before, with the 2007 XXL Freshman, the 2009 XXL 10 Freshmen and with the 10 XXL Freshmen of 2010, we revisit the 2011 XXL Freshmen.  Here’s a second look at just how successful those artists were and a look at where those artists are now.

The 2011 XXL Freshmen

Lil B
The BasedGod.  In 2007 with his group The Pack, Lil B released The Based Boys, their first album.  Lil B released 3 solo mixtapes, signed to Soulja Boy’s SODMG Record Label and released his debut album, Rain in England before getting the XXL Freshmen mention.  He signed to Amalgam Digital and the music releases just kept coming, mostly by way of digital only releases.  The Bay Area bred emcee has made a career off of putting out an overwhelming amount of content and jumping right in the mix of controversy.  He’s hopped in the ring with several rappers… and a notable NBA player [James Harden].  His album, I’m Gay (I’m Happy) really helped him build his mainstream buzz.

Where Are They Now?
The music has become less consistent, but Lil B still finds a way to grab attention.  He released his “Basedmoji” app in 2015.  He’s often seen on ESPN talking about which players are cursed and aren’t, particularly around NBA playoff time.

Fred the Godson

A rapper from the Bronx who is heralded by some to be a lyrical genius and has worked with Dipset’s Jim Jones and Young Money’s Cory Gunz.  The 31 year old emcee has released several mixtapes and a couple street singles but never quite met the buzz that gets created by even an average XXL Freshmen.

Where are they now?

Not much to really say about this guy.  In March he released his mixtape Contraband 2.  His twitter page has been silent since April.

Lil Twist

This dude opened for Lil Wayne at the young age of 12. That was in 2005. 2005 was when Lil Wayne dropped Tha Carter 2, one of the most underrated rap albums this turn of the century. Yes, that’s an incredibly big deal.  Twist has since worked with Justin Bieber, 2 Chainz and Miley Cyrus among others.  His association with Bieber have both helped and hurt his career as he has opened several tours for the singer, but he was also arrested in 2013 while driving the singer’s car.

Where are they now?

His first official album, Bad Decisions, is yet to be released though he has had a part in Young Money’s compilation albums We Are Young Money and the follow-up Young Money: Rise of an Empire.  The album will probably never see the light of day at this point.  Twist also has a pending case for a alleged home invasion and robbery stemming from 2015.  If convicted he faces 25 years to life.

Diggy Simmons

The youngest member of the class. At the ripe age of 17 years old Diggy released his debut LP Unexpected Arrival in 2012 and it peaked at number 2 on the US Rap Albums Billboard chart. The album gained solid reception due to “his lyrical skills coming off as that of a seasoned veteran.” (XXL)  Of course Diggy is the son of Hip-Hop legend Rev Run and was first introduced to the world via MTV’s Run’s House.  When Atlantic Records signed him, he was releasing mixtapes and singles buzzing with a young audience, but impressing older listeners as well.

Where are they now?

In 2015 he released the song “Fakin” ft. Ty Dolla $ign and Omarion.  In July he released another track titled, “Feel Like” via his soundcloud.  A new EP, Out of This World is set to be released sometime soon for anyone still trying to keep up.


Signing a contract with Shady Records resulted in Yelawolf releasing his major label debut, Radioactive in the same year as the cover in 2011. Radioactive charted at 27 on the Billboard 200, underperforming even with the help of Eminem and a while Shady 2.0 marketing push also tied with Slaughterhouse. He later released a sequel to his mixtape entitled Trunk Muzik Returns, and in 2015 released his second album, Love Story.

Where are they now?

His third album, Trial By Fire, currently does not have a release date.  However, his Trial By Fire Tour with Bubba Sparxxx and Jelly Roll to promote the forthcoming LP will run from October 13th to December 4th.  He’s still signed to Interscope/Shady and while he isn’t often seen with Eminem or the mainstream rappers, he’s still repping Alabama and eating on the underground scene.

Cyhi the Prynce
The hardest verse on “So Appalled” from Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album has to get you somewhere, doesn’t it? Eh…. I don’t know.  Cyhi has yet to release his debut project.  Since the cover he’s dropped two subpar mixtapes and a few verses on G.O.O.D Music’s Cruel Summer album, which might get you somewhere, but Cyhi hasn’t truly tapped the potential that he was expected to.

Where are they now?

Working on his upcoming album L.I.O.N. Safe to assume he’ll be on the upcoming Cruel Winter collab album as well.  He was dropped by Def Jam last year but seems to have a new situation with Sony lined up.


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